The Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP) will hold the 3rd Annual Scientific Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Theme will be "Addressing Global Health Security in Ethiopia through development of highly trained, competent Field epidemiologists that will strengthen public health surveillance and emergency response".
AFENET has collaborated with the Ethiopian FELTP to organize their 1st, 2nd and will be 3rd annual conference during which residents and graduates share and disseminate their field findings and recommendations with national decision makers.
To-date, the Ethiopian FELTP is one of the largest in Africa with expansion to 8 universities and has so far trained 400 professionals at the Advanced level and 600 at the frontline FETP. Majority of these are employed in the health system as public health emergency management officers supporting routine surveillance efforts for early detection and rapid response to epidemics. Through these programs, Ethiopia is making great progress towards attaining her IHR, 2005 core capacities and achieving the GHSA target of 1 trained field Epidemiologist per 200,000.
In order to effectively mobilize and deploy graduates to support response efforts across member countries, AFENET launched the AFENET Corp of Disease Detectives (ACoDD) in the Horn of Africa region in June of 2018. All graduates of Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia are members of ACODD and will continue to support government response efforts to epidemics in the country.